JONG-NAM'S BODY TAKEN BACK TO HOSPI­TAL MOR­TU­ARY

Med­i­cal of­fi­cers seen car­ry­ing cof­fin wrapped in plas­tic at mor­tu­ary

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FAISAL ASYRAF KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

KIM Jong-nam’s body is be­lieved to have re­turned to the Kuala Lumpur Hospi­tal mor­tu­ary yes­ter­day, a day af­ter it was re­moved.

A white van was seen en­ter­ing the mor­tu­ary com­pound about 9.30pm.

Med­i­cal of­fi­cers were seen un­load­ing from the van a cof­fin wrapped tightly in plas­tic with a red “frag­ile” sticker on it.

It is learned that Jong-nam’s body was ex­pected to be flown to Beijing be­fore be­ing taken to North Korea, but it was post­poned due to un­known cir­cum­stances.

Two un­marked po­lice cars, be­lieved to be from Bukit Aman’s Spe­cial Branch, stopped out­side the com­pound but left af­ter the cof­fin was taken into the build­ing.

Mean­while, three North Korean men — be­lieved to be the three sought in Jong-nam’s mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion — were seen en­ter­ing a white Al­phard at the North Korean em­bassy yes­ter­day morn­ing.

How­ever, it is not known where they had gone al­though spec­u­la­tion was rife that they had been ex­pected to re­turn to North Korea yes­ter­day.

For­eign as well as lo­cal press had con­verged in great num­bers out­side the em­bassy yes­ter­day af­ter four plain­clothes po­lice­men vis­ited the em­bassy in Jalan Batai, Bukit Da­mansara, on Sun­day.

Jong-nam’s body had been at the morgue for more than 40 days af­ter he was mur­dered on Feb 13.

Jong-nam, the es­tranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, died af­ter two women al­legedly smeared VX nerve agent on his face at klia2. He died en route to Pu­tra­jaya Hospi­tal.

PIC BY AIZUDDIN SAAD

The cof­fin wrapped in plas­tic be­ing un­loaded from a van at the Kuala Lumpur Hospi­tal mor­tu­ary com­pound yes­ter­day.

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